New Product Friday: Brick Time


Woohoo, it’s Friday! Around here that means it’s time to talk about new products. We have some pretty cool stuff this week, as well as another Robotics 101 video, so let’s get to it.

In our next installment of Robotics 101, the tables have flipped, kinda. Gregg, who’s usually behind the camera, is now in front of it. Gregg explains the different types of tools you might encounter when making your robotic creation.

Cool, now that we have our fill of videos, let’s see the new products for the week.

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This thing is pretty huge. We carry the 4.3" and the 3.2", but this is a full 7 inches of GUI potential. These screens work with both the Arduino Display Adapter as well as the Raspberry Pi Display Adapter to make interfacing easy. Check out this video on how to use them.

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The world of single-board-computers is expanding and this week we got the new pcDuino v2. The new version adds an on-board WiFi module as well as legit Arduino headers for use with shields. It has the power to do quite a bit and even had 4GB of onboard flash.

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Have some Lego Minstorm stuff and want to connect it to your Raspberry Pi? The BrickPi lets you do exactly that! It has connectors for 5 sensor inputs and 4 motor outputs and even comes with a nifty laser-cut case.

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We are now selling XL timing belt by the foot for all your linear motion applications. The belt fits all the Actobotics timing pulleys and is sold by the foot, so you can order a custom length for your project. Just use the timing belt mount to connect the ends together, and attach to the stationary part of your assembly.

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This is a 12V regulator. It’s not fancy, flashy, or special really. But it will give you a nice regulated 12V output. What more could you ask for?

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We were unable to get the white fiber optic fabric, so we’re now carrying it in black instead. It’s actually more of a dark grey (charcoal?), but it lights up the same way. It has a fiber bundle that you shine light into and the whole thing lights up. It’s pretty cool.

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Lastly, we now have the new version of the Bluetooth Mate Silver in retail packaging. This has the new v6.15 firmware.

Well, that’s all the new products we have for this week. As always, thanks for watching, reading, and being there for us. Come back next week for even more new products, see you then!


Comments 13 comments

  • Hey guys. Great videos and love the site. After watching the latest robotics 101 video, I’d suggest that a basic hobbyist workshop safety video might be a good idea. Demonstrating someone using an angle grinder without a guard is pretty scary for an organization who models themselves as training leaders. I’d recommend all the basics such as eye and ear protection, shop cleanliness, looking after tools and equipment and just generally encouraging an attitude of safety when it comes to hobbies. Personally, i know the quality of my work has improved dramatically when i started to take an interest in safety as the advantages it brings such as a clean workshop and good tools makes life ultimately easier and more enjoyable.

    • I actually shot a bunch of footage about safety gear, but ran out of time to include it in this week’s video. I will probably put together a part 2 for the tools video that will include safety gear, as well as specialty tools like 3D printers and milling machines.

      • Safety is more important than speed.

        You should also go over what not to do with extension cords (e.g. homemade inductor)

        I see so many people on TV’s Handyman/D.I.Y./Home Remodeling shows doing unsafe things that should be a no-brainer.

    • I cannot think of anybody that does not know what Flat/Philips Head screwdrivers are.

    • +1 for safety!

  • Sigh, I know that it is meant for beginners, but the robotics video was really beginner this week; did you really need to explain what a screwdriver is? I’m looking for more advanced stuff, and I’m guessing that I’m a typical viewer of your videos. Anyway, they are good videos other than that.

  • Is there any more info in the like counter?

  • Any default UI that could be used for Car Radio? Using that 7 in display…

  • Why not use the 7" touch screen rather than the seven segment? I wanted to see that in action.

  • Gotta love new product fridays!

  • Yay for New Product Fridays! I’m not sure if this is intentional or not, but the Spark Fun email that I receive every Friday always has the previous week’s new products. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have all of the new goodies?

    • The products featured in that newsletter vary from week to week. Sometimes they are from the previous week, sometimes they are from that week. Sometimes they are older products that deserve a little love. It’s a combination of a lot of factors. The newsletter that went out today features this week’s new products (plus the flexible speaker from last week).


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